"Merrill is very grateful to be back in her element, as she explained. “This past year has been very difficult with my father passing away and then my daughter making a major transition, she moved from Texas to California to live with me.” Merrill described the past year as “an intense feeding frenzy of stress” as she had to manage handling her father’s estate, traveling back and forth to the East Cost, dealing with attorney’s, financial advisers and lots of fine print in heavy documents. “We don’t really consider death that much until it happens and even then we have no idea that it is a major upset.
Despite the stress and the aggravations, Merrill was determined to at least spend some time doing art. “It was my oasis and allowed me, even if only for a few hours to forget about all the stress.” She contributed three pieces to the exhibit one of them is an angel figure. Merrill recognized the experience of the previous year as an unexpected and unpleasant detour. But she is very pleased to be back at doing what she enjoys most, art. And what better way than to be involved with an exhibit. “I feel like I am an artist again, she said, back where I belong and need to be.”